Looking Beyond Science

Several graduate students, particularly the ones looking to move out of academia, are often bombarded with the same question toward the end of their program: What should I do if I am not planning to stay in science? Will my skill set be enough to secure a job other than a post-doctoral fellowship? ...

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Accepting the Challenge of the Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize is awarded to individuals whose entire life’s work has culminated into knowledge that can be utilized to benefit humanity. But Nobel Prize winners are not child protégés with special training. Like the rest of us, they ventured into their PhD studies with similar goals and worked...

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Career Perspectives: Erin Piazza, associate bioinformaticist

Please describe your current position. My position is an interesting niche within bioinformatics, where I get to leverage my understanding of biology and computational skills to perform interesting and varied tasks. This mostly ends up meaning one of two things – biological content develo...

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Effects of the Fair Labor Standards Act Implementation (or Lack Thereof) on the Postdoctoral Population

FLSA implementation ruling On December 1, 2016, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was meant to be updated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and this update was predicted to have a profound effect on the academic enterprise, including postdoctoral researchers.   In our paper, we ...

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COMPASS Sessions at the Annual Meeting Target Career and Professional Development

COMPASS is dedicated to serving postdoc and graduate student needs both throughout the year and at the ASCB annual meeting. As mentioned in last week’s blog post by COMPASS co-chair Bruno da Rocha-Azevedo, our COMPASS survey revealed that a major concern for postdocs and graduate students is plann...

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Understanding the concerns of students and postdocs and a look to the future

This is my final blog post as co-chair of COMPASS – it has been an honor to represent students and postdocs in the leadership of ASCB and create opportunities to discuss our career successes and struggles, increase diversity, and improve training for our futures as cell biologists and advocates ...

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To Lead or Be Liked?

As a woman, one of my biggest insecurities has always been being labeled as too domineering, bossy, or direct. Though this description may seem counter to how many might instinctively describe me, many people do not realize the internal psyche and struggle that is inherent to the “female leader....

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Add an Extra Dose of Science to Government Rulemaking

Democracies tend to have common expectations embedded in their culture. The most fundamental of these is that we insist our government responds to our views and policy preferences. While some cynicism about the political system is healthy, representative government only functions over the long term ...

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Using social media to promote your work

Imagine you have a paper that has just been published, or you are presenting at a scientific meeting and you want to share your successes… but how? Fear not, you can use social media to promote your scientific accomplishments! I have some tips for using different social media platforms to get the ...

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Venkatesan Raghavan—Associate Consultant with IMS Consulting Group

1. Please describe your current position. I am an Associate Consultant with IMS Consulting Group in New York City. IMSCG is a healthcare/life-science focused management consulting firm that advises pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on pricing, market access, branding and commercializat...

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